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Nursing careers in complex care

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So, you’re eager to learn more about Complex Care Nursing at North Bristol NHS Trust? Here are some of the reasons we’re unique:

  • We are a forward-thinking innovative, multidisciplinary team caring for patients with complex acute medical and social needs at North Bristol NHS Trust;
  • We provide outstanding care and are proud to have won awards for our end of life care;
  • We give our nurses the opportunity to learn about complex and acute medical conditions in a supporting caring environment – our practice development nurses will ensure you feel confident and have the skills to provide truly outstanding care;
  • We lend exceptional support for learning disabilities nurses looking to work in an exciting acute hospital setting;
  • We value our nurses. In our acute services we offer a competency framework with internal rotation to support band 5 nurses to progress to band 6.

But it’s not just our complex care departments that are impressive; the trust itself is pioneering in its approach to healthcare. Let us tell you a bit more about it:

  • Our health and wellbeing initiatives, devised by our dedicated staff wellbeing team, encompass lifestyle support, physical support and psychological support, and have been nationally recognised by REBA;
  • We’re committed to supporting staff on their career journey with us offering personalised training packages and bespoke specialty rotations. 
  • We also support internal transfers for those who wish to gain experience in a new specialty or further develop their skills;
  • Staff are consulted on equity issues across the trust within their staff equality and development groups, with mentoring and support to succeed. For example, our trust is supporting the development of Bristol’s LGBT+  manifesto and a case study of good practice has been reported to NHS England in response to a government review of public services and trans people;
  • Bristol is consistently voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local music, arts and gastronomic scenes, a wide range of modern and state of the art shopping, recreation and leisure facilities, a wealth of great local family days out, fantastic transport links for local or national holidays, and it has a rich history;
  • If you prefer country, village or smaller town living, our trust is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales.

Right, that’s enough about us – let’s focus on you. Are you:

  • An experienced registered nurse looking to take the next step in your career with developed career pathways and supportive teams?;
  • A newly qualified nurse? With our robust preceptorship package, reflective practice sessions, peer support and buddy allocation, we can give you a fantastic grounding as you start your career in nursing. This is in addition to regular supervision and confidential development sessions with senior staff;
  • An experienced registered nurse working away from the hospital setting – we welcome staff who have worked outside of the NHS and will ensure your transition is smooth and rewarding.

North Bristol NHS Trust is a centre of excellent in acute and trauma services and a range of many specialist services. 

Our Brunel building at Southmead Hospital has been named the best designed large hospital internally at the European Healthcare Design Awards 2018 and was the only British hospital to make the shortlist. The hospital has over 800 beds, 75% of which are single-occupancy rooms.

Our complex medicine service consists of:

  • Complex care wards
  • Enablement
  • Complex assessment unit

The Purple Butterfly Project

Our Complex Care departments have received national recognition for the work they have  done to improve the experience of patients at the end of their lives. 

Our team was awarded the Palliative and Hospice Care Team of the Year award at The BMJ Awards in May 2018. The award was in recognition of the work that has been done as part of the Purple Butterfly project to empower staff across the organisation to deliver personalised, compassionate end-of-life care. 

The BMJ Awards judges were impressed by the “range and diversity of improvements incorporated in the Purple Butterfly project to improve the quality and consistency of care and patients and their families”. 

Emma Parslow, ward sister said:

“We all have a responsibility for delivering high-quality end-of-life care. We focus on the individual and what is important to them.”

Join Emma for a deeper insight into the Purple Butterfly project at our next Facebook live seminar.

Where: @NBTNursing Facebook page

When: Wednesday 19th June , 3pm

Seminar: Purple Butterfly – an approach to delivering personalised, compassionate end-of-life care.

Eager to find out more or book an informal visit?


Phone: 0117 414 4550 

Follow: @NBTNursing

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